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PhD student at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group at ETH Zürich, due to complete in the summer of 2022.

Institute of Geophysics, NO H25,
ETH Zürich, Sonneggstrasse 5,
8092 Zürich, Switzerland

I study geodynamic processes of planetary interiors across the scales, using numerical models. In particular, my interest lies in putting geophysical, geological and geochemical observations in a geodynamically coherent framework. My research focusses on, but is not restricted to, the composition and dynamics of the deep Earth, and its control on our planet’s evolution.

I have a strong interest in science communication, outreach, and equality. This is reflected in my roles in the Geodynamics division (GD) of the European Geosciences Union: I’m an editor for the GD blog website, and represent all GD Early Career Scientists (ECS) as the ECS Representative. I aim to contribute to a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for young scientists. 



A summary of my current and previous research projects, involving the deep Earth, Venus, and intra-oceanic subduction.

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Publications, seminars,
and conferences

A list of my peer-reviewed articles, contributions to conferences and workshops, and media coverage.  

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My written and edited outreach articles. Related to science communication and promoting diversity in the academic world.


PhD researcher

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland – Institute of Geophysics

Thesis: Evolution and dynamics of chemical and rheological heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle 

Advisors: P. Tackley and M. Ballmer

MSc. Earth Sciences: Geophysics

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland – Institute of Geophysics

MSc Thesis: Plume penetration into Venusian lithosphere and the origin of coronae: 3D thermomechanical modelling

Advisors: T. Gerya and   L. Montési

MSc research project: The formation of oceanic detachment faults and their influence on intra-oceanic subduction initiation 

Supervisors: T. Gerya and S. Beaussier

BSc. Earth Sciences

Utrecht University, The Netherlands – Department of Earth Sciences – Paleomagnetic Laboratory Fort Hoofddijk

BSc Thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach

Supervisors: T. Gerya and S. Beaussier

Awards and grants



Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly, Geodynamics division (2019)


Receiving the award during our graduation ceremony, ETH Zürich.

ETH MSc thesis Medal

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich
(October 2018)



ETH Master Scholarship

Excellence Master Scholarship for my MSc programme at ETH Zürich (2016-2018)


Molengraaff Fund

TU Delft Fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis project in the Azores (May 2016)